National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection

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Submitted by Joanne Kartchner.

The National Genealogical Society Book Loan Collection is housed in the St. Louis County Library in St. Louis, Missouri.  The books, with a few exceptions, are available to members of the NGS and non-members through interlibrary loan.  Previously this loan privilege was restricted to NGS members only.


Over 20,000 genealogical books are available via interlibrary loan.  Daily new books are being added to the collection.  There is an online catalog where you may search for the title of a  book/s that would be helpful in your research.  There is a limit of two books per loan.

Internet address

or do a Googlesearch for NGS book loan collection

Using the site

“Procedures for Interlibrary Loan” gives more detailed direction to both the patron and to the librarian in your home town who will make the request for you.

An alternative to requesting a book for interlibrary loan may be a photocopy request for up to 30 pages.

More information is found at the St Louis County Library website at


(Some public libraries may charge you shipping costs, but most do not.)